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Utah Jazz: Devin Harris brushes off talk of a trade

Published: Monday, June 29 2015 9:41 p.m. MDT

Utah Jazz guard Earl Watson (11) defends Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams (7) as he drives the lane as the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves play Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 in Energy Solutions arena in Salt Lake City. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Utah Jazz guard Earl Watson (11) defends Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams (7) as he drives the lane as the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves play Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 in Energy Solutions arena in Salt Lake City. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Give credit to Devin Harris. He knows his team's marketing campaign.

Harris missed Friday's practice because of stomach flu, and he also temporarily avoided being asked about his name being on the trading block, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Back with his team Saturday, Harris was happy to hear that his teammates had his back when asked about the rumor and Harris' play this season.

"We are Utah Jazz," Harris said, repeating the franchise's 2011-12 slogan. "We are family. Obviously we're supposed to stick together. That's what teammates do, and it's greatly appreciated."

Having been dealt three times in his eight-year career — from Washington (draft) to Dallas to New Jersey to Utah — Harris brushed off the trade talk. He repeated "been there, done that" three times when asked different questions about the rumor.

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) raises his fist after a basket as the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves play Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 in Energy Solutions arena in Salt Lake City. Jazz won 108-98. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) raises his fist after a basket as the Utah Jazz and the Minnesota Timberwolves play Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 in Energy Solutions arena in Salt Lake City. Jazz won 108-98. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

"It's not something you can control," Harris said. "I've been to that point where you worry about it (and wonder), 'Is it what I'm doing?' You can't control it, so you can't worry about it."

Jazz center Al Jefferson hadn't heard about Harris' rumor, but he knows the point guard expects that through the March 15 trade deadline.

"You just can't worry about it," Jefferson said. "When nobody wants you, that's when you need to be a little nervous."

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